November 28, 2022



2023: Who desires to destabilise Enugu Labour Social gathering?

CHUKS NWEZE writes that there’s looming disaster in Enugu state chapter of the Labour Social gathering as two individuals, all of a sudden emerged at a rally captioned, “Charity Begins at Residence”, claiming to be the get together’s gubernatorial candidate within the state

The way it began

On Saturday, August 27, 2022, a drama ensued on the Kobb Occasion Centre situated on the premises of Enugu ShopRite, venue of the rally the place a strain group in assist of the Labour Social gathering candidate Mr. Peter Obi and his working mate Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed anchored their solidarity March tagged, “Charity Begins at Residence.”

The solidarity rally which took the Enugu capital metropolis by the storm on Saturday, commenced on the common Okpara Sq., Independence Structure, Enugu and terminated on the Kobb Occasion Centre.

Earlier than the solidarity rally correct, there had been massive signposts mounted at strategic locations within the Coal metropolis with the caption, “Charity Begins at Residence.” 

Preliminary impression concerning the rally 

Initially, everyone inside the metropolis had thought that it was the ruling get together in Enugu state, the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), that mounted the billboards not figuring out that it was not the ruling get together projecting their alternative governorship candidate, Barrister Peter Mbah whose signposts and thanks visits to wards and communities have inundated the capital metropolis not too long ago.

Ob/Datti rally 

But it surely turned out that the billboards had been the creation and brainchild of a pro-Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed presidential ambition.

So, it was an enormous shock on that fateful day on the belief that the “Charity Begins at Residence,” is the pet undertaking of the previous PDP guber candidate, Chief Evarestus Nnaji, (aka Odengene). He was mentioned to have mounted the imposing billboards as his contribution to make sure that Peter Obi’s presidential ambition is actualised.

The jubilant group who wore T-Shirts printed with Peter Obi and his working mate Yusuf Datti Ahmed, and face caps, “Charity Begins at Residence, defied a drizzling that later snowballed right into a downpour, marched and chanted songs for the Obi/Datti presidential undertaking as they went spherical the most important streets of Enugu.

The group later reconverged on the Kobb Occasion Centre had been some Labour Social gathering hierarchy gathered to handle the pro- Obi-Ahmed quest.

Bubble burst between Nnaji and Edeoga

All the pieces had gone properly on the venue, till the Grasp of Ceremony, introduced Chief Evarestus Nnaji because the governorship candidate of the LP for Enugu state.  

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Although within the brochure for the programme, Nnaji’s image was proven because the governorship candidate, no one mentioned something till the MC made the announcement that Odengene, as Nnaji is fondly addressed, is the governorship candidate of LP.

With the announcement, the corridor erupted in an uproar and the crack which was not initially readable now grew to become palpable.

Whereas many individuals jubilated and sang Obi to excessive heavens, no one knew {that a} group loyal to Hon. Chijoke Jonathan Edeoga, the LP governorship candidate formally elected on August 4, on the Prime 10 Lodge, GRA, Enugu witnessed by LP get together hierarchy and prime Labour leaders, was there.

The professional-Edeoga group rose up in unison instantly Odengene was talked about because the LP guber candidate for Enugu state, and began chanting, Edeoga’s title. 

 They sang that Edeoga was their alternative candidate whether or not he was going or coming back from anyplace.  Translated in Igbo language, the group chanted, “Edeoga, Edeoga kanyi ga so, Mona ejeje Mona agaga, Edeoga kanyi gasoo.”

The group held the corridor spell sure for some minutes till the Deejee acquired himself and placed on a loud music to drown their dissenting voice.  The magic labored and this made the protesters to depart and peace.

As if on queue, one other group rose and began singing, dancing and chanting in favour of Nnaji’s title.  They sang the same tune however this time round, it wasn’t Edeoga that they might comply with in every single place he went however Nnaji, aka Odengene. And thus they sang, “Odengene, Odengene kanyi gasoo, Mona ejeje Mona anana, Odengene kanyi gasoo.”

When the din died down, the MC continued with the programme and get together hierarchy had been known as upon to handle the rally.

The place the audio system stand

A distinguished and a suave speaker, Kennedy Iyere who’s organising a 40 million March in assist of Obi-Ahmed mentioned that for Peter Obi to rule Nigeria, he wanted to have governors, legislators to again his authorities in any other case if the opposition ought to have higher hand, it will spell down for Obi’s presidency.

He mentioned “Enugu state wanted a robust LP governorship candidate which Odengene is most suited saying that Edeoga lacked the political muscle to pilot the Labour Social gathering to win the governorship”.  Briefly, he mentioned that Edeoga was not even certified to be a councilor to not discuss of being a governor.  

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He nevertheless forgot that Edeoga had been a neighborhood authorities chairman, a member of the Home of Representatives and the Committee chairman on Data and for seven years has been a commissioner in Enugu state.

Even on the nationwide stage, he labored with former president Jonathan, former Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu and it was a surprise that Iyere described Edeoga as a misfit.

Iyere mentioned that he has interacted with Odengene and found that he has the aptitude to be governor.

“I’ve interacted with Odengene and I’ve found that he’s a person of capability,” he mentioned. 

He nevertheless wished that Odengene would clinch the LP ticket to fly the flag of LP for the Enugu state governorship race, come 2023.

Iyere, so positive of Odengene’s capability mentioned that no cabal would cease him from going to the Lion Constructing.

The Obi Marketing campaign Group supervisor, Dr. Tanko Yunusa, expressed pleasure that Odengene was mobilising Enugu folks in direction of Obi’s victory which in all probability would result in his personal victory if he emerged because the Enugu LP guber candidate.  

He, like Iyere mentioned, ” Since he has the aptitude, he ought to be given the mandate.”

Talking like others, the LP Nationwide Vice Chairman, NLC, Mrs Women Illiya, mentioned “for Obi’s victory and governance to be solidified, he must have governors from many states together with Enugu which a person with capability like Odengene could be greatest.”

To worsen the entire, matter, Odengene who is certain that he would win the governorship if given the chance mentioned “Edeoga and his group mustn’t fret in the event that they had been positive that Edeoga was the genuine candidate of the get together.”

Odengene mentioned that they might take their campaigns to wards to make sure that he and Obi would win in Enugu state.

“We will go to the wards to get folks that may galvanise the folks to vote for Peter Obi. If you realize that you’ve a candidate, you shouldn’t panic. The second our ticket is confirmed, you will note issues occurring in Enugu,” Odengene assured.

This was a transparent indication that every one was not properly with the LP in Enugu state. It portends there’s a looming disaster inside the get together.  

When Edeoga was known as upon to react to what transpired on the occasion centre on Saturday, he stored mum.Nevertheless, a labour chief in Enugu state, Comrade Ben Asogwa, TUC, chairman, mentioned that folks mustn’t thoughts Odengene. “Edeoga is the governorship candidate for Labour Social gathering.  You shouldn’t thoughts Odengene and his group.  They’re searching for consideration,” he mentioned.

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A political analyst who wouldn’t need his title in print mentioned that Odengene was a distraction.  He mentioned that Odengene knew Edeoga is the LP guber candidate however desires to play a spoiler recreation. “Don’t thoughts Odengene.  He is aware of that Edeoga is the candidate however what he’s combating for is what I have no idea.  Possibly, it’s PDP that’s planting him to destablise Edeoga as they did in APC and Ayogu Eze misplaced to Ugwuanyi.

“I ponder the place Odengene is coming from.  He was amongst those who congratulated the PDP candidate, Peter Mbah and he has now come to trigger bother within the Labour Social gathering.  Edeoga was duly elected and it was witnessed by INEC officers and LP chieftains. So, the place is he coming from?” the analyst queried.

An APC chieftain, Dr. Ben Nwoye blamed Edeoga for what transpired on the rally.  He mentioned that figuring out that some get together hierarchy had been coming for the Charity Begins at Residence, he ought to have been there to welcome them.

“If I had been Edeoga, I ought to have gone to the venue to welcome the nationwide officers of the get together that got here to the rally in order that it will look as if he’s working in opposition to Obi.  He was duly elected and mustn’t go away something to likelihood,” Nwoye declared.

It was nevertheless gathered that Odengene went to a court docket in Port Harcourt, River state to institute a case in opposition to the emergence of Edeoga because the Enugu LP guber candidate.

Even with Odengene’s court docket motion, the get together chairman, Barr. Casmir Agbo, who was hitherto the governorship candidate went to court docket and deposed that he was withdrawing because the governorship candidate, thereby making approach for Edeoga who was additionally a PDP guber aspirant like Odengene to emerge because the LP governorship flag bear for Enugu state.

With Agbo remaining the LP chairman and no one is contesting it, it’s a surprise that the LP governorship major which he superintended because the get together chairman ought to be in query, giving the impression that PDP really could possibly be prompting Odengene to disrupt and disorganise LP to make sure victory for his or her get together.